Bee or BriAnna or Bri, the Doula, has been a postpartum, labor & delivery and newborn nursery registered nurse since August 2018. In February 2020, she received her birth doula training through the National Black Doula Association. She also enjoys capturing moments in time with birth, newborn and maternity photography, a hobby she has been skilled in since 2015 (all the photos on this website were taken by Bee, The Photographer). Nature, herbs and the powerful healing energy of plant medicine have fascinated Bee since she discovered how to make mud pies and plant food for her dolls as a little girl. Through learning about pharmacology and western prescription medications, she discovered that Mother Nature, even at its smallest compounds, has provided humans with everything we need to survive.
Her passion for childbirth goes back to her early childhood years after seeing her sister carry her nephew to term and becoming addicted to watching “A Birth Story” on TLC every morning. It all came full circle once she began working as a women’s health nurse right after nursing school and also during her journey of self healing, self discovery and spirituality. These experiences have allowed her to provide holistic/individualized support and care to clients using herbs, natural birthing practices and nutritional education.
Bachelors of Science in Nursing - Prairie View A&M University - May 2018
Registered Nurse - Texas Compact License - July 2018
CPR - BLS Provider - American Heart Association
NRP (Neonatal Resuscitation Provider) - American Heart Association
Intermittent Fetal Monitoring - AWHONN
Blood Borne Pathogens - July 2020
Birth Doula Training - National Black Doula Association
Photography - Houston Community College
What is a doula?
By definition a doula is a trained companion who is not a healthcare professional & who supports another individual through a significant health-related experience, such as childbirth, miscarriage, induced abortion or stillbirth, or non-reproductive experiences such as dying (Wiki). The word doula comes from the Greek word doulē which means female slave. Those probably aren’t the nicest sounding words when you put it that way, but in a way, the meaning aligns with the purpose when you dive deeper. Doulas can also be known as labor assistant or birthing coaches. A doula, now in Bee The Doula's opinion, is someone provides a supportive service, and in this act of service the doula provides education, recommendations, guidance and most importantly support that caters to each individual client.
Why do I need a doula?
Then yes, you need a doula! All of these situations warrant someone to be a mode of constant support and guidance throughout the pregnancy process. As a fellow nurse, Bee The Doula understands that nurses and the doctor can only be available so much during pregnancy and labor, however, a woman during this time needs someone there with her, aside from her partner, providing constant reassurance, education and understands the process of childbirth.
Does it cost to have a doula?
Doulas are trained professionals that have spent time and money to obtain their knowledge, skills and credentials. Doulas provide a service and that service, while very rewarding and fulfilling, it is every expensive financially, mentally and time wise. So, yes, there is a service fee for Bee The Doula's services. Giveaways and scholarships may be optional in the future. Be sure to use your email and subscribe so you don't miss out! Pricing and packages for services are available on Booking Page. #SupportSmallBusinesses
Are payment plans available?
Yes! once the deposit is submitted, clients can utilize a payment plan that best suits them (monthly, payments broken up into 2 or 3 payments, etc.) as long as final balance is paid before the 37 weeks deadline. The earlier you book, the cheaper and more spread out your monthly payments can be! Beware that after 37 weeks, payment plans are not available and the full service fee will be due if you wish to book.
Do you accept insurance?
Unfortunately, Bee the Doula does not accept insurance as a form of payment. Many insurance companies do not cover the cost of doula care, including medicaid, which limits the opportunity for doula care to be reimbursed to clients. Be sure to vote for officials/politicians that support mandating insurance companies/ medicaid reimburse or cover doula care for all families!
When is the best time to get a doula?
NOW! Just kidding.. The earlier you book your doula the longer you have to pick their brains for all the information you can which will better prepare you for your delivery! This also gives you more time to start the process to get your body, mind and spirit in alignment with the next chapter of your life. However, the decision is up to you! Ultimately, whenever you are mentally ready is the best time to book a doula. Please understand you’re last minute decision to prepare does not determine the cost of services.
What questions should I ask my doula?
Here is a link to some common questions to be asked during any initial consultation with a doula you meet with!
I'm pregnant. Now what?!
Well, first, congratulations!! Now, its time to decide who you want to deliver your baby and where. OBGYN or midwife? Out-Of-Hospital birth or Hospital birth?
These factors are critical in how your labor will be experienced and should be discussed among yourself and your partner.
Below are some questions that can be asked when interviewing different providers.
QUESTIONS TO ASK A PROVIDER BEFORE
-“Do you practice evidence based care and keep up with
-“How long have you been supporting birthing people?”
-“What’s your philosophy on birth?”
-“What is your cesarean rate?” (For an out-of-hospital
midwife, you want to ask what their transfer rate is, what hospital they
may have partner with and what is their most common reason for
-“How do you feel about me choosing which position to birth
-“Do you keep up with ACOG guidelines?”
-“How do you feel about having an unmedicated birth with little to no
-“How do you feel about birth doulas?” (<-- This one is important!)
-“Will you be the one to attend my birth or will I get who is on-call?” (If
you get whoever is on-call, try to meet them as well and ask
questions, this is potentially someone who may be attending the birth)
-“I would like a physiological birth which means I will want free
movement during labor/birth, routine procedures and protocols may
not be for me and will be needing to be fully informed before agreeing
or refusing any interventions. How do you feel about that?”
-“My birth preferences are XYZ etc etc, do you feel you can be
supportive of that?”
-For an out-of-hospital midwife “What would cause me to risk out of
your care? At what point in birth will you come to me? In the event of a
transfer, will you stay with me? Do you have good relationships with
the hospitals in the area? What if you cannot make it to me, who will?
What is your fee? Do you take payment plans? Insurance? What type
of midwife is she/he? Etc etc etc (Flor Cruz, Tips for an Unmedicated Birth, 2020).
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